Amaanullah was on his way into Birmingham when I approached him in Hall Green but he actually lives in Sparkhill. He was born a Muslim and has Asperger syndrome but the past four years had seen a massive change and I wouldn’t have noticed if not told – interestingly his handedness changed a few years ago. Amaan has been a high-achiever in education and is due to study Chemical Engineering at university shortly. 
Mic is from West Bromwich but had just finished checking some ducting on a new signal system at the Solihull Road junction in Shirley. I asked about the system and he explained it to me. Mic is also a photographer and carries a Pentax film SLR to shoot any interesting graffiti, afterwards he took my photo for the collection! [-266]
Tracy lives in Knowle but works in Shirley for a property developer. We had a short discussion on the engineering market (I’m a Civil Engineer) and how businesses such as the one she works at have diversified. [-325]
Dave had made a rare trip to Shirley today, partly to use one of the supermarkets on the parade. He was a Children’s Literature lecturer in Birmingham but also ran the university library, he is now retired and lives in Solihull. [-249]
Paul has been working with Birmingham City Council since 1986 and was mowing the central reserve of dual carriageway section of the Stratford Road when I approached him. He lives in south-west Birmingham, and we discussed the merits of early-start early-finish shifts and the overseas work opportunities someone like me should take. 
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